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Call for Applications Curatorial Intensive South Asia 2021

Deadline: 30th May 2021

Please fill up this form to complete your application process

This is a fully-funded opportunity. Khoj and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan will cover travel to and from New Delhi for both phases of the fellowship, a modest per diem for living expenses and travel will be provided. Each fellow will receive an exhibition grant for the second phase, subject to the approval of the proposals by the jury.  

CISA is an initiative of Khoj International Artists’ Association and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan. It is a fully-funded fellowship programme in the field of curatorial practices relevant to South Asia in the visual arts. In its establishment, CISA intends to support creative thinking by building an institutional infrastructure in South Asia for making and exhibiting contemporary art. CISA  is established as a tightly structured educational programme for emerging curators that aims to develop a diversity of perspectives on the medium of the exhibition. It aims to provide both a structured and an experimental inquiry into the preconditions and possibilities of curatorial practice today.


– Applicants residing in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Iran, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) are eligible to apply.

– The language of instruction will be English

– 12 applicants will be selected.

– Applicants must have realised 2-4 curatorial projects


— Applicants should have completed a course in the humanities (anthropology, art history, cultural studies, musicology, literature or other relevant fields.)

Successful applicants will be chosen by a jury. The course will be held in Delhi, India.


– A letter of motivation stating your personal drive as well as your expectations of the programme (maximum: 300 words).

– A curatorial proposal that will be developed during the course of the fellowship (maximum: 500 words).

– A CV, including relevant working experience and personal details (Maximum 2 pages).

– A portfolio of 2-4 curatorial projects; this can include texts, images, catalogues etc.

– 2 written references from (former) tutors, professors or employers.

All documents must be submitted in English.

The Fellowship includes:

– A two‐week residential course in Delhi, India from 19th – 31st July 2021 followed by an exhibition curated by the Fellows late in 2021.

– The modules will be led by a mix of Indian and international professional trainers, practitioners and academics, and will be supplemented with guest lectures by experts.

– Participation in the residential programme and the exhibition component is mandatory.

–A completion certificate shall be granted only upon the successful realisation of both components.